Board of Directors
Ben Derbyshire is Managing Director and co-owner of HTA, a design-based consultancy to the development industry, specialising in placemaking, providing project management, master planning, urban design, architecture, landscape design, planning, technical design, graphics and other disciplines. A member of the practice since 1976 and a partner since 1986, Ben became a main board director when […]
Canda Smith was Head of Sustainable Urban Design at the Communities and Local Government department until April 2010 where she managed a suite of the last government’s many housing initiatives.
James is also director of fast-growing housebuilder Davidsons and part of the shareholding family which sold Wilson Bowden to Barratt on the eve of the housing crash. James is design ambassador for North West Leicestershire District Council.
Richard worked to set up Design for Homes from 2000-2008, delivering national conferences, awards ceremonies, published research, urban design training, international tours, Building for Life assessments and websites. He has an MSc in Urban Design and Regeneration and is a qualified Building for Life assessor. From 2007 he produced and directed the series of educational […]
Director, Broadway Malyan Architects, David has helped build Broadway Malyan’s capability across a wide variety of building types and sectors, focusing particularly on the broader issues relating to housing. He leads our development of sustainable community regeneration/neighborhood renewal and masterplanning.
Richard is Partner at Macreanor Lavington Architects which he established with Gerard Maccreanor in 1992. Richard has taught at the Canterbury School of Architecture, teh University of Nottingham, Bath University, The Mackintosh School of Architecture and Queens University, Belfast. Richard was on the jury for Europan 4, the Urban Design Alliance and has served as […]
David Levitt MA RIBA OBE co-founded Levitt Bernstein in 1968. At the same time the two founding partners started what is now one of the largest charitable housing associations in south-east England. As the practice has grown to over 100 people the scope of its work has necessarily increased to include urban design and major […]
Yolande joined Savills in 1989 as Head of Residential Research, was made a Divisional Director in 1994. She is now accountable for all Savills research departments and heads up the Land and Mixed Development department.
David Birkbeck CEO
David Birkbeck has been Design for Homes’ CEO since 2000. He wrote the Building for Life matrix in 2002 which became the country’s tool for assessing new-build applications. David took the idea further with a process for preapplication negotiation adopted by Ireland in 2008. He is leading the rewrite of Building for Life to support […]